Building a funner mousetrap

Middle school science champs solve problems with style

By Laura Sanders, 18:01 PM October 1, 2012

Half of this hotel room looks like the inside of a Home Depot after the store has been lifted, shaken really hard, and set back down. The other half of the room, where a group of five middle-schoolers silently cluster, holds the results of their afternoon’s work — an elaborate, giant Rube Goldberg–style mousetrap.

Strands of dominoes feature prominently in the design, of course, but so does the box that used to hold the dominoes, magnets, wood blocks, taped rulers, Bunsen burner stands, w...

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